The Refinery

The Refinery is a stylish bar and eatery on St Andrews Square where hours can easily slip by sipping refreshing cocktails or earthy coffees and enjoying adventurous creations or classic dishes in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

To celebrate one of my marvellous friends 25th birthday a large group of us sat down to what has been one of the best brunches i have had in a longtime. First of all the staff were fantastic; friendly and attentive and joined in the applause when we sang our atrociously pitched happy birthday.

I began with a flat white, the first thing to pass my lips that morning, my nostrils were filled with the rich aroma of the perfect morning medicine.

Once suitably caffeinated I moved onto a brunch classic: the Bloody Mary. The Refinery know sometimes simple is better and I chose a spice 4/10 so as not to be too overpowering with my food. A refreshing and favourite brunch accompaniment.

The Refinery’s brunch menu combines favourites like full scottish and vegetarian breakfasts, eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes but it was their buttermilk chicken and waffle that caught my eye.

An unusual choice for brunch but so tempting i had to try it; a thick sweet waffle topped with creamy avocado and moist chicken thickly coated in a crunchy seasoned batter, all smothered in sour cream and chilli maple syrup. Presentation alone this dish knocked it out of the park and after the first bite i zoned out and gave my full attention to this masterpiece of flavours.

Brunch is my favourite meal; getting together with friends over eggs and coffee, bubbles if you’re feeling fancy, and spending comfortable lazy hours talking and laughing. The Refinery has risen the bar and given my favourite meal a rejuvenation; injecting interesting flavours and providing exciting alternatives that have caught my attention and put going back to The Refinery at the forefront of my mind.

 

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Loudons: Brunch Haven

Loudons Cafe is the hub of the Edinburgh weekend brunch scene; with guaranteed queues out the door of hopeful, hungry humans patiently waiting to indulge in what has become their trademark dish: the eggs benny.

Ranging from the classic combinations to mouth watering stacks of haggis, caramelized onion and cheddar cheese topped with chilli jam, the menu is rife with temptation. And if eggs ain’t your thing then there is a number of dishes, classic or with a twist, to satisfy your hunger, hangover or health kick.

New @loudonscafe menu tastes as good as it reads but one benny caught my attention: the Leonardo; perfectly poached eggs on wee toasted buns soaked in rich, greasy nut free pesto and laden with garlic roasted red peppers and salty parma ham.

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The Leonardo 

I strongly recommend you to join the queues, become one of the many patient hungry humans because the wait is definitely worth it.

 

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